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Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women, 1968 (reconstructed)

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Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women, 1968 (reconstructed)


Published August 7, 2013


"Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women" (1968) is the second of two reworkings of "Planeta Bur," a Soviet sci-fi film from 1959. It was confabulated by Peter Bogdanovich out of the earlier "Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet" (1965), which in turn was cobbled together from "Planeta Bur" by Curtis Harrington at the behest of producer Roger Corman. Bogdanovich, using the pseudonym, Derek Thomas, and working under the dictum that American International would buy "Planet" if it had some women in it, removed all of the Harrington-added footage featuring Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue, and inserted new footage featuring Mamie Van Doren, a bevy of nubile cuties in white hot pants, and additional scenes from the Americanized version of another Soviet film, "Nebo Zovet," (literally, "The Heavens Beckon) also from 1959.

This film has been knocking around for years in a horribly faded version. I've attempted to upgrade it by reconstructing it from the best publicly available sources.

First of all, I need to disavow the bizarre story that Pathecolor was some sort of tinting process. Pathecolor was only a variant of Eastmancolor (Kodak), and as such, was capable of the best color available at the time. Unfortunately, Eastmancolor has proven to be quite unstable over the years, and the 16mm print used for this generally available transfer, is a prime example of color fading, and the poor attempt to restore its color by adding cyan.

The original "Planeta Bur" was probably filmed in Sovcolor (really Agfacolor from the World War II era). Though not capable of the range or subtlety of Eastmancolor, and subject to color variations from batch to batch, it did have a vibrant color pallet of its own.

So here is a by no means perfect, but hopefully, much better presentation of "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women."

Thanx and a tip o' the hat to Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, Pavel Klushantsev, Mamie Van Doren, Filmgroup (for not copyrighting it!) and Robot John.




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